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Giants win the World Series! Again!

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What's better than watching the Giants win the World Series? How about watching them win the World Series for the second time?

Not too many people can lay claim to the distinction, but somewhere betwixt sneaking into an at-capacity Polk Street pub and watching the fireworks on Valencia explode with gigantic glory last night, I ran into Elliott Isenberg, who was all of nine years old when the New York Giants took home the World Series trophy in 1954. Read more »

Live Shots: World Series Celebratory Mayhem, 11/1/10

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That's right y'all, the news is gigantethe Giants won the World Series! And last night San Francisco lost no time in straightening their beards, assuming their best Freddy Sanchez expression, and vaulting over ignited mattresses. Streets were shut down around the city -- Polk, Civic Center, and Castro had some particularly wild parties -- but for our money, the Mission mayhem had 'em beat. Read more »

The cheapest seats

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Of course the Guardian staff didn't have the dough for tickets to Game Five of the Giants and Phillies battale royale for the National League crown. But hey, the real party was outside the park -- so Caitlin Donohue (by land) and Rebecca Bowe (by sea) staked out where the real fans were hangin' -- and caught a little animalistic behavior and political fracas in the bargain. What more could you ask of a ball game? Game Six is on Sat/23 at 4:57 p.m.

Mid season huddle: roller derby's Bay Bombers talk track

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Oh Bay Bombers, won't you stop in your roller derby tracks and tell us how you've been? San Francisco's famed co-ed blocking, pivoting, jamming squadron has been packing ever-increasing crowds into Kezar Pavilion, their historical home this year – and no wonder, they're killing it on track. To tell us by just how much, we wrangled a phone interview with general manager Jim Fitzpatrick, who we last checked in with shortly before his home opening match with league Lucifer Georgia Hase's Brooklyn Red Devils.

 

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Live Shots: World Cup Final watching party, Civic Center, 07/11/2010

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Paul was right! Will Spaniards give up eating octopus? Will the Dutch avenge their loss with grimmer graphic design and tinier eyewear? In any case, yesterday's Civic Center scene was one of friendly competition and colorful exuberance. (Check out the entire ON SIDES: San Francisco Watches the World Cup photo series here.)

US takes it! From tears to cheers in Civic Center for World Cup

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Tension hung over the Civic Center Plaza World Cup watchers this morning like Ocean Beach fog.

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Mundo Via Afrika: Roll up your shorts and kick it

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World Cup fever has produced its share of pop tributes and hot girls visuals. You get both combined in the vibrant video for local boy Gavin Hardkiss' "Mundo Via Afrika!"

Bread and Circuses: Mexico and the World Cup

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MEXICO CITY (June 11th) -- The Caliente Sports Book down the street is buzzing with betters studying dog and horse races, Major League Baseball, even golf, on the multiple screens. Of particular interest are those channels running wrap-ups of the afternoon match between Mexico and 2006 World Cup champion Italy, from which the national team emerged victorious in a final prelim before this year's edition of the Copa del Mundo gets underway later this week.Read more »

Get your kicks

Where to score some big-screen World Cup action, from Civic Center to North Beach

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Game Theory: San Francisco ShEvil Dead vs. Oakland Outlaws, 4/3/10

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Caitlin Donohue isn't a sports writer. But she sure likes to win. Check out the last installment of "Game Theory" here. Oh, and give us a shout if you've got a big game coming up in the Bay.

I expected a lot from my first roller derby. Clotheslining, fishnets, snarling. Beer. I had high hopes. And I found all that -- and believe me, I found it good, you don’t get $3 Pyramid Ales at just any sporting event. But I also stumbled unwittingly into a world of highly unorthodox female empowerment, a world where ladies have serious thigh muscles and sweat blithely through their heavy makeup. It’s a place that reclaims sports for the XX chromosones of today. And I liked it.

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